B. England, 1923 – 2009
Sarawakian Woman, 1969
Signed and dated “PH 69” on lower right
Pastel on paper
36.5 x 24.2 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 2,500 – RM 3,800
Peter Barton Harold Harris, MBE, is regarded as the man who laid the foundations of early art education in Malaysia. Born in 1923 in England, Peter was a student of the West of England College of Art in 1939 before he came to Malaysia. He had a retrospective exhibition honoured to him by the National Art Gallery before he left Kuala Lumpur. He was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace, London. After a six year stint back in Sabah, Peter disappeared from the Malaysian art radar for almost 30 years until he was invited for a Wednesday Art Group show, whom Peter had founded in 1996.